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Is there a game killer?

By mark.chiampi ·
Does anyone know of a utility that kills games (i.e. Solitare, Minesweeper) on a Win9x or NT client on a NT network? We have a problem with users reloading files from disk. I would think someone has to have done this. Thanks.

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by tmaclennan In reply to Is there a game killer?

SMS 2.0 is supposed to be able to detect thousands of programs, including games, on any client system. Since it looks at file sizes and signatures, it can't be fooled by renaming the file or loading it into a different directory. You can send out hunter/killer packages on any program you decide shouldn't be around.

Of course, that's a lot of overhead just to get rid of games....

I see you are writing from a school. You are fighting a losing battle, my friend. Kids are infinitely more adaptive than you are. The best hi-tech solution will also have to be accompanied by some low-tech policies involving things like detention, loss of computer privileges, loss of extra-curricular privileges, etc.

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by mark.chiampi In reply to Is there a game killer?

HaHaHa!!! I wish it was from a school. This is operations ~~~~ Thanks for your help. I'm looking for something more like a policy I think.

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by kalmang In reply to Is there a game killer?

1. Delete games from PC.
2. Set up your network security to prevent loading software on client PC.

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by mark.chiampi In reply to Is there a game killer?

No they need to be able to do business. If it has to come to this I will lock down the entire desktop.

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Is there a game killer?

If you are truly in a school environment my guess is that you will be only slightly successful even if you imposed corporal punishment for violators. Kids thrive on circumventing authority and finding "better" ways to do things. Most of todays hi-tech stuff such as firewalls and the ways around/through them are developed by....

you guessed it...

KIDS IN SCHOOL.

I wish you luck, but I've got some coupons for some Grecian formula....you're probably gonna' need it.

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by mark.chiampi In reply to Is there a game killer?

Hey Bill! Thanks for your posts. No, this is paid adults, not kids.

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Is there a game killer?

Adults can be worse than kids sometimes...haha. In the last company I worked for we had a pretty strict policy complemented by physical changes to the systems. We pulled the floppy drives out of some systems (the techs carried a spare floppy so if they needed one they could just pop it in), disabled the FDC in the BIOS and set the password on the setup option. We used POLEDIT, system policies, and registry tweaks to remove access to drives and limited users to certain shared folders. The written policy was worded such that introduction of unauthorized material which degraded network performance or distracted users from their jobs was an offense which could lead to termination. It does present it's share of problems, though. Users don't like being restricted from things. Without pulling the floppies, for example, they would just short out the CMOS battery jumper and reset the BIOS themselves. Sometimes you have to play tough. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions.

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by mark.chiampi In reply to Is there a game killer?

Bill-- Thanks. I have done that sort of lockdown before in the District. We locked down our lunch systems really hard using poledit. It had excellent results. I am trying not to be a nazi or make an example of anyone (plus I have much bigger fish to fry). I was just hoping some smart programmer had written a search and kill routine that hunted SOL.EXE if you catch my drift.

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by bock2000 In reply to Is there a game killer?

check out Antigame Plus at
www.antigame.com it's not free but it may be worth it for you.

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by mark.chiampi In reply to Is there a game killer?

It doesn't have to be free-- I just want it to work. $279 seems resonable. Thanks!

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